The Hantwick trailhead for Moulton Park is a good one because it has plenty of parking yet is not as popular and crowded as the other areas of the park can be. Its nice paved path slopes gently down from the parking lot and eventually follows the river, where it becomes a cinder path. You can take the path all the way to the other end of Moulton if you like or walk as far as you want. Although the path to the park from the upper lot is a little steep, there are no steep stretches from this end of the park.
Moulton Falls Trail—Hantwick Trailhead
Moulton Falls Regional Park near Yacolt, Washington
Rating: Easy peasy
Panting stops: 0
Length: 5.2 miles out and back
Elevation changes: 90 feet
The drive to the Hantwick trailhead takes you off the busy road and railroad track that run along the park by the other entrances. It takes a pleasant windy road back across the Lewis River and the tracks. You end up in a large parking lot that is above the trail. Walk down the nicely kept paved track into the park, where you will briefly follow the railroad tracks, pass a pretty pond, and eventually come to the river.
You do have to walk back up to the parking lot at the end of the hike, but it is a gentle climb. This end of the park offers views of the river and the houses across the river from the park. If you follow the path to the other end of the park, there is water access.
If you go all the way to the end of the park by the main road and cross the highway, you will see some beautiful falls.
How to get there
Drive south on NE Railroad Avenue. Just after the junction of Sunset Falls Road, the road curves ninety degrees and becomes NE Lucia Falls Road. Follow the road past the other entrances to Moulton Park. About a mile down the road, you will come to NE Hantwick Road on your left. It is a hairpin turn. Take Hantwick Road down across the river. Just after it crosses the railroad track, the parking lot for the trailhead is on your left.
From Battle Ground or Vancouver
Take Washington 503 to Rock Creek Road and turn right. Rock Creek Road becomes NE 152nd Avenue and then Lucia Falls Road. Just after you pass Lucia Falls, you will see NE Hantwick Road on your right. Take Hantwick Road down across the river. Just after it crosses the railroad track, the parking lot for the trailhead is on your left.
Parking and Amenities
There is a large parking lot at the trailhead and a porta-potty. At the other end of the park is a restroom facility. There are picnic tables throughout the park with a nice one at the Hantwick end of the trail. Technically, you’re not supposed to go swimming in the park, but there is access to the river at the other end of the trail, and people do go swimming.